The mission of South Brooklyn Legal Services is to seek equal justice for low-income people in Brooklyn by providing a broad range of legal advocacy and information, helping empower poor people to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty in their communities. SBLS is a program of Legal Services NYC.
Thousands of our neighbors don't rest well at night
Why? Because they fear losing their home. Longtime community members – including the elderly, disabled and working parents with young children – are evicted from their apartment each year. Landlords use unscrupulous tactics – bringing baseless eviction cases against tenants, refusing to correct appalling conditions in apartments, and offering paltry sums of money to give up valuable rent stabilization tenancies – to harass tenants out of their affordable homes. Few tenants have access to legal representation to fight this illegal behavior.
LSNYC – Brooklyn helps tenants fight back. For more than 47 years we have worked with tenants to preserve their affordable housing. Please take a moment right now to view our video. It tells just one story of the incredible work our advocates do each day to strengthen Brooklyn communities. We need your help to maintain and strengthen our work on behalf of these vulnerable New Yorkers. If you believe, as we do, that these New Yorkers have a right to the basic necessities needed to live here, please click here to donate to LSNYC Brooklyn Programs. Your generous contribution will help us continue our fight to achieve racial, social and economic justice for all Brooklyn residents.
Meghan Faux Betty Staton
Acting Project Director President
* 17 November 2014
Mandatory settlement conferences in the news
Foreclosure Prevention Project Director Jennifer Sinton talks to WCNY about why settlement conferences are so important to homeowners trying to avoid the loss of their homes.
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Legal Services sues City and Department of Education
Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) and Cuti Hecker Wang LLP have filed a lawsuit on behalf of six New York City children who have all been repeatedly removed or threatened with removal from school by Emergency Medical Services (EMS) even though they were not in need of emergency medical care. The suit was filed against the City of New York and the Department of Education.
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* 16 December 2013
Transgender client's suit against City for discrimination may proceed
A cross-office collaboration between Manhattan Legal Services and South Brooklyn Legal Services has resulted in a tremendous victory on behalf of a transgender client who asserts she was discriminated against by New York City’s Human Resources Administration (“HRA”).
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Elder Law Project and Brooklyn Law School team up to save elderly tenant's apartment
Senior Staff Attorney Jane Landry-Reyes and Brooklyn Law School student Charles Barker won a tremendous victory on behalf of an elderly, mentally ill tenant facing almost certain eviction from her valuable and affordable Rent Stabilized apartment because of the loss of three years worth of her crucial disability-related benefit.
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